COLEMAN: I’LL NEED TO ADD
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman feels he may need to strengthen his side for next season after the League Two champions were soundly beaten by Swindon.
Goals from Marc Richards, Keshi Anderson and Paul Mullin were enough to see off a Stanley side that had surpassed all expectations this term.
Coleman said: “We’ve got lots of players on two-year contracts, so we won’t need a big overhaul but we will need to bring four or five players in.
“We’re missing a bit of quality and have a small squad but I couldn’t be more proud of what the players have achieved.
“I’m gutted we didn’t get the result but we’ve been excellent since Christmas and we’re really looking forward to playing the likes of Sunderland next year.”
Accrington started the game the brighter and Billy Kee almost opened the scoring in the third minute but saw his effort palmed away for a corner by Stuart Moore.
Swindon opened the scoring with their first meaningful attack in the 14th minute, with Richards volleying in at the far post from Kyle Knoyle’s cross.
The lead was extended just before half-time when Richards turned provider, playing a neat backheel into the path of Anderson, who fired into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Richards had a chance to bag his second in first-half stoppage time when he was sent through one-on-one with Aaron Chapman but the ball got stuck under his feet and was cleared.
The hosts grabbed a third ten minutes into the second half when Mullin cut in from the left and drilled a low effort under Chapman.
Swindon almost scored a fourth in the 61st minute when Matt Taylor’s left-wing freekick was deflected off an Accrington body and hit the woodwork. Stanley improved in the last half-hour and Kayden Jackson drew a smart save from Moore as his near-post.
Tempers frayed in the 84th minute when Stanley’s Jimmy Dunne took exception to a tackle by Swindon namesake James Dunne, with the latter appearing to strike his rival in the face.
Swindon’s Dunne was shown a straight red, with Stanley’s Dunne following him for an early shower after receiving a second yellow card.
Swindon manager Phil Brown was pleased with the result and performance, however disappointed with what could have been this term.
“All in all, it’s a great end to a disappointing season,” he said.
“This was very pleasing because the players have only seen the horrible side of me when we have been drawing games we should be winning.
“I’ve got a meeting with the chairman on Tuesday where hopefully he will buy into the vision I have and we can look forward to next season.”
STAR MAN PAUL MULLIN Swindon WELL DONE, PAL: Swindon’s Keshi Anderson, left, is congratulated on his goal and, inset, Paul Mullin makes it 3-0